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New garage sale restrictions rejected by Kendall County

Updated: September 19, 2012 4:23PM

YORKVILLE — Kendall County Board members Tuesday sent consideration of new regulations on garage, yard and barn sales back to committee.

The move was made after it was obvious few board members supported new restrictions that had been suggested by the county’s Planning, Building and Zoning department.

Board members sent it back to the committee, with the suggestion they come up with a different proposal.

The most significant changes suggested by the committee were limiting a garage sale to three days, four times a year; and banning the sale of food and beverages at the sale.

But County Board members said that was too intrusive.

Board member Suzanne Petrella called the restrictions “too much legislation.” She said the restrictions made it the job of the person with the garage sale to control traffic, and that would be impossible. She also questioned how the county could enforce or keep track of whether or not someone has had more than four sales.

Board Chairman John Purcell said he could support something that restricts the total number of days someone can hold a garage sale, say to 100 days.

“But the idea of limiting someone to three days, ridiculous,” he said. “Not allowing them to sell food or drinks, ridiculous.”

Board member Nancy Martin, chairman of the PB&Z Committee, said the idea of limiting the sales was to control the “everlasting garage sales” that go on in some neighborhoods, affecting crowds and traffic in the area.

For that reason, said board members Jeff Wehrli and Elizabeth Flowers, whatever regulations are passed will be there for specific complaints. The county will not go out and enforce them without hearing from neighbors.

“It is for the people abusing the law that have professional garage sales,” Flowers said.

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